Elliot Friedman was the first to report this news.
After hearing Peter Laviolette be the next head coach at WASH
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 15, 2020
Update, 8:21 AM: Darren Dreger says this is a three-year contract.
Peter Laviolette agrees to a 3-year deal to become Washington Capitals coach.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 15, 2020
Updates, 8:28 AM: We have a rough idea of his salary through Pierre LeBron:
Laviolette still had one more year left for his old Predators at $ 2.5 million. I am being told that the caps are raising everyone. The seeds are off the hook. https://t.co/YbKiqTrQCe
– Pierre LeBron (@PierreVLeBrun) September 15, 2020
Told that the deal is worth an answer of $ 4M per year https://t.co/0o17lMtm2f
– Pierre LeBron (@PierreVLeBrun) September 15, 2020
When Brian McClellan fired Todd Rirden on August 23, the Capitals general manager cited the desire of a veteran head coach who could push “some buttons” after a second consecutive defeat in the first round of the playoffs.
McClellan added in a team release that the organization “has high expectations for our team, and we felt a new approach to leadership was needed.”
The fiery Laviolette would certainly fit that bill. The Franklin, Massachusetts native has competed in a total of 1,210 games in the NHL during an 18-year coaching career that saw him behind the bench for the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Aikers. His record is 637-425-25-123. Loviolette, who topped the minor leagues for most of his career, played 12 NHL games as a player for the New York Rangers during the 1988–89 season.
As a coach, Laviolette led the Carolina Hurricanes to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2006. He also featured the Philadelphia Flyers (2009–10) and the Nashville Predators (2016–17) in the Stanley Cup Finals on two other occasions. He is only the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Nashville Predators fired Laviolette after the team went missing for the playoffs in January. The team had special teams destroyed through January. The Capitol gets permission from the hunters to interview Lavillette as the coach still has one year left on his contract.
“Under the leadership of Peter and Kevin, our organization reached unprecedented heights – our Presidents’ Trophy until the Stanley Cup Finals and our first two Central Division titles,” Hunters General Manager David Poile said in a press release. Again. “His passion for the game, motivating a team and being the best is a difficult decision. On behalf of the entire organization, I thank Peter and Kevin for all their contributions to the Nashville Predators over the past five-and-a-half seasons Would like to give. ”
Lavillette was one of three outspoken finalists for the Capital Job, including Mike Babcock and Gerard Gallant. Former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau also spoke to the Capitals early in the process, according to Tariq El-Bashir of The Athletic.
While Laviolette has changed teams quickly, he also has a history of trespassing those clubs according to Micah Blake McCody.
Laviolette, incidentally (not coincidentally) constantly and severely perpetrates the crime of his teams. The Preds Cup will be favored or closed with a proper coach. pic.twitter.com/ohgPwT0CuA
– Micah Blake McCurdy (@IffffectiveMath) November 29, 2019
Laviolette also has some problematic interactions with players. Laviolette kills Ville Leno in the head while coaching the Flyers.
– Coach Sporps #blm (@OVECHKlN) August 31, 2020
“There is a lot of emotion in the game. The coaches are fired and things happen. “Lino later told ESPN. “I don’t think Peter tried to kill me, and it looks worse than that in the video … Peter was a very emotional and emotional coach. It did him good, but sometimes stuff like that. Then Also, it should not happen. ”
Loviolette later explained to The Tensian that “I was trying to motivate my team and I went in with my fist.” I stuck my hand on the back of his helmet. In no way was this meant as any physical abuse nor have I ever physically abused a player. ”
Daniel Carcillo also said that his former coach “was one of those people who likes to be a ‘rah-rah’ man, sending you out to fight when you know he never fought.”
Last night we talked #Preds Due to the recent meltdown, Kyle Turis is returning to the lineup, outsmarted a Kobashi Maru, and spoke @ CarBombBoom13 More in detail about abuse issues surrounding hockey (starts at 16:05).
– Neutral Zone (@ NeutralZone1045) 5 December 2019
“There was a suggestion earlier (by Carcillo) that I used my position inside the locker room to bully or … challenge the players to go out there and fight,” Laviolette said in response. “This could not be further from the truth.”
The Capitals will hope that Laviolette’s passion can come out in a positive way and take the team to the next level after making his way to the playoffs two years after winning the Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are entering the twilight of their careers and this is the team’s last major chance to win the Stanley Cup again with the team’s current core.